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Master of Music

Master of Music in Conducting

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There are two tracks for this degree:

Choral Music

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits
Major Area
a) Applied choral conducting (6-9 credits of MUSC 711Y)
b) Area studies (6-9 credits from choral literature, choral arranging,score reading, vocal pedagogy)
c) Recital (1 credit of MUSC 796)
16 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits
Music Electives (may include ensemble credits) 2 credits 
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate choral ensemble (MUSC 734)

Diction proficiency: Church Latin and any one of French, German, or Italian

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in music or music education (or the equivalent), including keyboard skills and proficiency in either voice, piano, or organ equivalent to the completion of the third year of undergraduate instruction at USC.

Instrumental Music

Music Bibliography and Research (MUSC 707) 2 credits
Major Area
a) Applied instrumental conducting (6-9 credits of MUSC 711Y)
b) Area studies (6-9 credits from orchestral or band literature, score reading, instrumental arranging, string or wind pedagogy)
c) Recital (1 credit of MUSC 796)
16 credits
Music History (as determined by the Music Diagnostic Exam) 6 credits
Music Theory (at least one 700-level course and one analytical course) 6 credits
Music Electives (may include ensemble credits) 2 credits
Total 32 credits

Ensemble requirement: Minimum of two semesters in an appropriate instrumental ensemble (MUSC 734)

Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree in music or music education (or the equivalent), including keyboard skills and proficiency in either a keyboard or orchestral instrument (for orchestral conducting) or a wind or percussion instrument (for winds conducting), equivalent to the completion of the third year of undergraduate instruction at USC.